They tisonnent the smoldering fire, but say they do not want to blaze. In recent days, several members of the parliamentary majority and the government have declared not to be hostile to the abolition of family allowances for the most affluent households, but want to take the time to think about it.

The Prime minister, Edouard Philippe, said Wednesday on Facebook ” understanding “ that” a number of people today say : what the hell touch of the family benefits when a family earns 6.000, 7.000, 8.000 euros per month. “. Bruno The Mayor advocates for an approach by the remaining burden of the households, including access to child care, but also the family quotient – the candidate Macron who pleaded for an increase of the latter during his term ” if the public finances allow “.

mission information

The general rapporteur for the budget of the social Security, the member of parliament of The Republic On (LREM) Olivier Véran, had initiated the public debate by declaring the end of September want to consider the end of the universality of family allowances… from the next year. Just before this, at the instigation of the government, the president of the social Affairs committee of the Assembly, Brigitte Bourguignon, had decided to create a parliamentary information mission. It will begin its work at the end of the year to produce a report in the spring.

not to spoil the demographic dynamism

The end of the universal family allowance would be in the wake of the reform of 2015, which was divided by two for couples with an income above 6,000 euros, and up by four with more than 8,000 euros. Nevertheless, Edouard Philippe said he would have to wait until ” a real debate “ before you act, and he raised two pitfalls. First, the risk of damaging the demographic dynamism, which has already decreased in recent years.

Secondly, the end of universality in this field could pave the way for a reform similar in health insurance : ” The question that will inevitably be raised if we look back on this benefit, it is the question of whether everyone will pay the same or receive the same thing on benefits that are not social benefits “, has exposed the head of the government. If we put the welfare State under conditions of resources, we mine the social pact.

More redistribution in 2018

The same day, the minister of Solidarity and Health, Agnès Buzyn, asked to comment on his bill in committee, has also pointed to the risk for the birth. the ” We are going to redefine the major objectives of family policy with the associations. The universality may be questioned, but not so much as ideological “, said the minister, highlighting the needs of families : conciliation work and private life, learning, parenthood.

She defended his reform project for 2018, which amplifies already the character of redistributive politics in the family. The complement of guard mode will increase only for the single-parent families. Today, 83.000 lone parents will affect this delivery, but there are a lot of part-time suffered or unemployment in this population who encounter financial difficulties to do to keep her children. This measure is applicable in October 2018, would cost only 10 million the first year, and then 40 million in the following years.

It will be more than funded by the lowering of the ceiling for resources of the basic allowance of the benefit home of the young child. This measure will save € 70 million in 2018. It would be applicable only to children born after April 2018, with savings increasing year after year.

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